Robinson was full of praise for Willoughby, but felt that the inside lane was undoubtedly a factor in the final result. In the final, Willoughby started in the favoured inside lane, with Robinson on his left in lane two. Willoughby’s powerful start gave the young Australian the edge and this secured the all-important holeshot into the first turn. “I’ve been riding again for just seven weeks, so this is a good way to return. I took a year off after the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Deciding to return to racing has obviously been the correct decision.” ‘It feels really good’ “Sam is improving all the time. He’s a real talent and so consistent. I would have loved to have had lane one for the final, but he made the most of it and he never made a single mistake. I planned to run at him in the third straight, but he was flawless through there.” Current women’s world champion, Sarah Walker of New Zealand, left her best performance for last when she recorded a dominant victory ahead of Argentina’s Gabriela Diaz and Frenchwoman Eva Ailloud, the current world number one. SAinfo reporter An enthusiastic crowd of over 1 000 spectators watched the event, which was the first of its kind in Africa. Van den Wildenberg was thrilled with third place. Praise Women’s finalSarah Walker (NZL) Gabriela Diaz (ARG)Eva Ailloud (FRA)Magalie Pottier (FRA)Merle van Benthem (NED)Rachel Bracken (AUS)Alise Post (USA)Jana Horakova (CZE) Australian double-junior world champion Sam Willoughby continued his impressive rise to the top of the BMX world when he won round two of the 2009 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on Saturday. For Diaz, it was a rewarding return after a long layoff from the sport. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Women The 18-year-old Willoughby, who last month became the first rider ever to win back-to-back junior world titles, was in superb form throughout the event, winning every one of his heats, the quarterfinal, and the semifinal. “It feels really good to get a World Cup win so soon after winning the World Championships. I have definitely developed a lot of confidence lately and it’s showing in my results.” 24 August 2009 “This is my first ever podium in a World Cup, so I’m very happy,” smiled the Dutchman. “I over-jumped the first jump, which threw my rhythm out a bit, and from there I just followed Donny’s line and held my position.” The USA’s current elite men’s world champion and world number one, Donny Robinson, placed second, with Rob van den Wildenberg of The Netherlands rounding out the podium positions. With a bike-length gap opened up, Robinson had to hope Willoughby made an error on the highly technical third straight if he had any shot at grabbing the lead. But the Australian was smooth and in control, throwing up his arm in elation as he won his first Supercross World Cup event. After a crash in practice and less-than-perfect semi-final runs, the 21-year-old Walker charged into the lead at the first jump in the final, and had powered her into a two-bike-length lead by the second turn. She kept it smooth through the critical third straight, giving her rivals no opportunities to challenge her. “I’m really excited with this win! It’s the right end to a perfect day, I guess,” said the charismatic Willoughby. “I had lane two in my first heat, but won that and held land one for the rest of the day, which proved decisive.” Final “I took it a bit easy in the semi-final motos because I didn’t want to risk doing something silly and not making the final. But in the final I let it all out and I had a really good race,” smiled Walker. Next year, Pietermaritzburg will host a far bigger event when the UCI UCI BMX World Championships take place in the city in July. RESULTS Men’s finalSam Willoughby (AUS) Donny Robinson (USA)Rob van den Wildenberg (NED)Quentin Caleyron (FRA) Raymon van der Biezen (NED)Nicholas Long (USA)Ramiro Marino (ARG)Martijn Scherpen (NED)
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Manchester United Pogba was different class – Mourinho praises midfielder after impressive comeback Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 04:59 11/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gareth Copley/Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Manchester United v Newcastle United Newcastle United Paul Pogba Zlatan Ibrahimović José Mourinho The France international made an instant impact with an assist and a goal in his comeback, after being sidelined for two months with injury Jose Mourinho heaped praise on Paul Pogba after the midfielder dazzled on his return from injury for Manchester United.The France international hadn’t played since suffering a hamstring injury in September but there were no signs of rust as he ran the show in United’s 4-1 triumph over Newcastle United at Old Trafford.5/2 for Watford & West Ham to draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Pogba provided the assist for Anthony Martial’s equaliser before tapping in his side’s third goal, helping United to leapfrog Chelsea and reclaim second place in the Premier League.Mourinho – who revealed he allowed Pogba to decide how many minutes he played – feels the presence of the 24-year-old made a telling difference to the way the team performed, particularly in attack.”[Pogba was] different class. [It was] what we had in the beginning of the season with Paul and [Nemanja] Matic, growing up together and being like the engine of the team,” the Portuguese manager told BT Sport.”We lost a bit of that because, while other players are good players, they have different qualities.”I left it in Paul’s hands as to how long he played. We made that decision [to replace him] at a good time – it was a great performance from him.”7 – Man Utd have now won seven consecutive Premier League games at Old Trafford; their longest run since March 2013, when they won 12 in succession under Sir Alex Ferguson. Stronghold.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 18, 2017While Pogba was replaced by Marouane Fellaini in the 70th minute, team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his comeback from a serious knee injury with a late cameo off the bench.The Swede made his first appearance in 216 days and, after coming on in the 77th minute, nearly marked the occasion with a goal, Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot keeping out his acrobatic volley just before full-time.”The returning of injured players is obviously nice. Especially in Zlatan’s case, it was such a dramatic injury and to see him back is a great emotion,” Mourinho added.Newcastle counterpart Rafael Benitez felt conceding a second goal just before the break was crucial to his side’s chances of getting anything from the game.The visitors had taken a shock lead in the 14th minute through Dwight Gayle, but United turned the game around with headers from Martial and Chris Smalling, who converted Ashley Young’s cross in first-half stoppage time.”We knew that it was important to go in [at half-time] with a draw, we were doing really well. Then obviously the second goal gave them a lift, and then it was more difficult in the second half,” Benitez told BT Sport.”It’s simple and clear – when you spend so much money on players of this quality, it is to make a difference in games.”We know our strengths and weaknesses. Today was a game where we were doing really well, but as soon as they scored the second goal it was really difficult.”10 – Romelu Lukaku has had a hand in 10 goals in eight Premier League starts against Newcastle (six goals, four assists). Form.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 18, 2017 Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.